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Favorite movies, TV, music and 2015 wishes

by soul of the biz

Ken Aguado

Best film of 2014: Whiplash
Favorite new TV show: True Detective
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Weatherman (Summer with You) by The Younger Daze
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: That we all recommit ourselves to creating entertainment that speaks to what is best in us.

Ashley Ballard

Best film of 2014: I don’t get to see many new movies that aren’t for kids, but I did enjoy Maleficent.
Favorite new TV show: Unfortunately, all of the new shows I liked have already been cancelled. But I love watching reruns of shows from my childhood.
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: I’m obsessed with Hozier’s new album. He’s amazing! Take Me To Church!!
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: I hope for peace and love for everyone. I hope we all become a little more conscious of helping others, and stick to our resolutions!

Jason Benoit, Esq.

Best film of 2014: Birdman
Favorite new TV show: Kingdom
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift (yeah, that’s right, it’s catchy and I dare you to not get this one stuck in your head)
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: For Hollywood, a return to days with less “comic book” franchises and more mid-level films (especially comedy). Personally, progress. Each year I hope that I make more progress than the last.

Brooke Berman

Best film of 2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Favorite new TV show: Transparent and The Affair — I’m obsessed with them both.
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Sadly, I’ve had my head in my Motown project and the only songs whose lyrics I can actually recite at this point were written before 1967.
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: A re-emergence of what Ted Hope has referred to as “films for grownups” — those beautifully rendered character driven films we all love but nonetheless all say “can’t get made” today, stories about the wonders and complexity of human nature without the “big hook” or “high concept”. Mixed tone. Female characters with actual lines to speak. And really good music.

Matt Boren

Best film of 2014: Still Alice (a chilling and beautiful chapter like film)
Favorite new TV show: Transparent
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “If I Had A Pony” (a great remake of a great Lyle Lovett song)
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: Create meaningful art, listen to and trust my artistic instincts and not be swept up by fear which paralyzes true art and to carve out time to see and speak with those I hold closest. And truly, I hope for less pain in the world and much more love.

Stella Braintree

Best film of 2014: I haven’t seen anything new – Lucky to clear anything from DVR before adding to the 99%, and still behind on Netflix. Enjoyed Cheryl Strayed’s book Wild, so looking forward to that one. Also, fan of mid-century art, so I want to see Big Eyes. Then there’s Selma, so many… And then there’s trying to write my own stuff.
Favorite new TV show: Is The View new? Jeopardy? Letterman? Can I call Mad Men (Season 7) my new TV show?
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Don’t normally listen to Top 40 unless bopping around Goodwill where the same 20 tunes get played on a loop. The three I liked:
Aloe Blacc’s “Wake Me Up”, Ellie Goulding’s ”Burn”, and Pharrell’s “Happy”.
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: Hope to see more films written, produced, directed by, and/or starring women that don’t involve bondage and someone thinking, “Holy crap! He’s so good looking!” (Oh, who am I kidding? That’s all I want to see. On a loop. Every 3 minutes.) Also, wishing everyone gets the nudge, inspiration or good energy required to create and achieve their goals this year. And peace. Some positive brother/sisterhood would make it a much better year! Happy Shades of New Year!

RisaBramonGarciaRisa Bramon Garcia

Best film of 2014: No best for me. Lots of great performances and strong films: Boyhood, Selma, The Imitation Game, The Lego Movie, Under the Skin, Mr. Turner, Ida… and amazing performances in Birdman, Whiplash, Foxcatcher, Only Lovers Left Alive, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Favorite new TV show: Transparent
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “Everything is AWESOME!!!
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: Hollywood must get back to making the kind of films that are were being made in the 70s. Filmmakers visions. And to continue to break new ground in television. This IS the Golden Age of Television again. It should be that for films. But it will take guts. Making movies for the artistry, the stories, the vision of filmmakers, not for the oversees box office. The great films will happen and the box office will flourish. And more women filmmakers and directors!

Frances Brennand Roper

Best film of 2014: Selma
Favorite new TV show: How to Get Away with Murder
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: I hope Hollywood will carry on successfully supporting the independent film making community and that we continue to see the number of women directing, producing and writing grow exponentially.

Jennifer Brody

Best film of 2014: The Imitation Game
Favorite new TV show: Transparent
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Hozier’s “Take Me To Church”
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: That my book series comes together as a TV show.

Jennifer Cott

Best film of 2014: I really enjoyed Big Eyes and Christoph Waltz‘s performance was nothing short of spectacular, and set the movie apart.
Favorite new TV show: Ken Burns’ documentary on The Roosevelts. I certainly can’t say that anything else has kept my riveted attention five nights in a row!
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” — Smith’s voice is fresh and soulful, and I believe he could be on his way to album of the year at the Grammys. Also “Happy” – the song the puts me in a good mood every single time I hear it.

Dean Craig

Best film of 2014: Locke, Whiplash
Favorite new TV show: May have been made in 2013, but the best I saw was the UK programme Utopia written by Dennis Kelly.
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: That bloody Arctic Monkeys song
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: A resurgence in the film industry.

DaraCreaseyDara Creasey

Best film of 2014: The Theory of Everything
Favorite new TV show: Jane the Virgin
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “Leave the Night On” by Sam Hunt
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: My Hollywood wish for 2015 is that we continue to entertain, and do our best to really say something when we have a chance.

Becky CurranBecky Curran

New Year’s wish for Hollywood: Create a more inclusive environment both behind and in front of the camera, in order to more accurately portray the American scene.

Ashley Dingess

Best film of 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy. This movie had it all. It was funny, it was sexy it was smart. Even though it was nearly 3 hours, it felt like one. I have never enjoyed a super hero movie so much in my life.
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: To not freak out with change. Since I was a kid, if one little kink of a problem interrupted a project or my plans, I would literally make it the biggest deal and let it ruin everything and stress myself out. No more of that. I just want to go with the flow and take whatever issue or change that happens with a smile.

Douglas Eboch

Best film of 2014: The Theory of Everything
Favorite new TV show: Madam Secretary (though the bar was low for that one)
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “I’m all about the base, no rebels…” (That is not a typo. Team Unicorn!)
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: More movies based on original screenplays!

Todd Felderstein

Best film of 2014: Birdman
Favorite new TV show: Fargo
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: You can’t help but remember Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” song, but after a while…
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: If I tell you they won’t come true…

Susan Ferris

Best film of 2014: Since I can’t always put The Godfather (which is still the best film ever!), it would have to be Chef (Funny, and made me hungry…).
Favorite new TV show: Fave Guilty pleasure TV show — Forever (although I am pretty sure that is wishful thinking on my part…)
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “All About That Bass” (which sounds nothing like Metallica but I can’t get it out of my head…).
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: My wish for Hollywood is that the big companies start to look at the smaller companies and see that it doesn’t have to be difficult. You can marry art and commerce and still look pretty cool and make money. And that smaller companies have no fear this year… there is enough to go around and they should seize the opportunities. Me: I am looking forward to conquering the world. Don’t worry – I will keep you posted on how it goes!

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Maren and friend Alex welcoming in 2015 in Manhattan!

Maren Fischer

Best film of 2014: The Imitation Game
Favorite new TV show: Broad City
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “I’m so fancy, you already know…”
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: Higher representation of women and people of color. Let’s push the envelope and change society with the roles we create this year. Let’s make life imitate art.

Gaylyn Fraiche

Best film of 2014: Birdman
Favorite new TV show: True Detective
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “All About That Bass”
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: Peace and tolerance.

Eddie Gamarra

Best film of 2014: Tie – Coherence and The Maze Runner
Favorite new TV show: The Sisterhood
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “Shake It Off”… yes I admit it.
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: I wish that our small insular industry learns to reflect on how it can improve itself and take the necessary actions to do so.

Shannon Gaulding

Best film of 2014: Birdman
Favorite new TV show: Getting On and Transparent
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Mr. Yose Lacote – Cotorreadno en la esquina!
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: Get a TV show on the air, get a female director hired and in production, spend one weekend this year joy reading, hiking in Utah canyons…

Jane Gering

Best film of 2014: Boyhood
Favorite new TV show: Silicon Valley
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “Shake It Up” (hate to admit it!
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: Better firewalls!

Adam Giaudrone

Best film of 2014: I’m not sure if this is the best film of 2014, but my answer would have to be Frozen since I saw it 342 times (I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter, and if hearing “Let it Go” and “Do you want to build a snowman” over and over again in my dreams, is all that I have to endure to make her happy, then I’m good).
Favorite new TV show: As for new TV shows, and though it was cancelled far too quickly in my humble opinion, I really enjoyed A to Z, and thought that this might have finally cracked the TV rom-com drought. But as a drama writer, the two shows that truly inspired me to try and be better at my craft, were The Affair and True Detective. Watching them made me feel like I had just fallen down the rabbit hole all over again.
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” is simply the jam, simultaneously taking me back to my childhood while still managing to feel fresh and modern.
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: My answer for what I’d like to see in Hollywood 2015, makes me feel like a pageant contestant pining on about world peace, but here it goes anyway: I’d like to see shows driven by female leads who are given the type of depth, breadth, flaws, and nuance of a Walter White, Don Draper, and Tony Soprano… We’re certainly moving in the right direction, but we’ve still got a long way to go.

GlushonfamilyGary Glushon

Best film of 2014: Nightcrawler
Favorite new TV show: True Detective
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: More original content getting made! More innovation and risk taking in the movie business

Claudia Grazioso

Best film of 2014: I haven’t seen a whole bunch this year (we usually catch up on our screeners) but a movie that I really did like was a small, indie called Begin Again. Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Catherine Keener. It may not have been the best film of 2014, but it was quietly illuminating, which I guess was just what I was looking for. It also helps that Hailee Steinfeld rocks out on the guitar and I happen to be the beamingly proud parent of a young female guitarist….
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: More varied stories? Deeper exploration of humanity? More minions? “Be excellent to each other.”

Ron Greenfield

Best film of 2014: Toss up between The Theory of Everything, Foxcatcatcher, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman.
Favorite new TV show: Mozart in the Jungle
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Barbra Streisand and Michael Buble’s “It Had To Be You”
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: No more scandals like Cosby or bad PR precedents and hoaxes like The Interview.

GreenstonePaul Greenstone

Best film of 2014:While I thought Boyhood was quite unique and wonderful, the two other films that really stood out for me were Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Movie. They were equally funny, unique and I was a repeat customer. And Chris Pratt was great.
Favorite new TV show: I love Transgender, Black-ish & HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”… It’s just so funky and makes me feel happy.
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: Studios take more chances and please stop remaking/”re-booting” movies.

Jen GrisantiJenGrisanti

Best film of 2014: The Imitation Game
Favorite new TV show: Silicon Valley
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “Take Me To Church” by Hozier
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: To write more stories from the spirit.

Aaron Henne

Best film of 2014: Birdman – Not only was I thrilled by its filmmaking prowess, I was moved, as a theatre artist, by its understanding of the rhythms of the performance and rehearsal process.
Favorite new TV show: Black Mirror – Even though it premiered a few years back in the UK, it’s new to Netflix and only now, was I able to experience it!
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Anything from Into the Woods. Again, not truly new to 2014, but the film really reminded me of how wonderful it all is and I have been happily listening to the beautiful, complex melodies and thrilling lyrics once more.
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: That we investigate and create with commitment, curiosity and empathy.

Rabbi Sherre Hirsch

Best film of 2014/Favorite new TV show: Unfortunately I don’t watch TV and I have seen very few movies except kid ones.
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Ghost by Ella Henderson
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: That people in power and influence do not become talking heads for politics if that is not their field.

KaraHoldenKara Holden

Words fail me except I am so very grateful to write that my perfect son was born healthy and happy December 29th and I love him more that anything… Happy New Year!

Susan Johnson

Best film of 2014: Birdman
Favorite new TV show: Jane the Virgin
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Currently, at 2:30am, I have a Viennese waltz in my head. No lyrics, but can’t seem to get it off my internal turntable. Help!
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: I hope for some sort of break for women in film… for women worldwide, actually. The reality is, we aren’t even on the playing field. Maybe if we start speaking in universal sports metaphors? Happy New Year. Make it happen!

Suzanne JurvaSuzanneJurva

Best film of 2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Favorite new TV show: The Newsroom – I know I am late to this but love it. My “Inner Sloan” is dancing the happy dance… oh, that leads me to the next question…
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Anything by Lana Del Rey (but don’t ask me to sing).
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: Great storytelling in all platforms

Josh KesselmanJosh Kesselman

Best film of 2014: Fury
Favorite new TV show: Kingdom
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “Take Me To Church” (and I’m Jewish!)
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: Take more chances! Myself included!

Sam LevineSamLevinefamily

Best film of 2014: Haven’t seen enough to really make a call, but I loved Guardians of the Galaxy. So much fun and a lot of heart!
Favorite new TV show: Gotham and Constantine, tough call.
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “Everything is Awesome!”
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: That everyone lives fulfilled by their commitments.

Marci Liroff

Best film of 2014: Birdman
Favorite new TV show: Tranparent
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Unfortunately that friggin’ Taylor Swift song “Shake It Off”. Once you hear it, it’s like an insidious ear worm that you can’t Shake Off!
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: I’m hoping for exceptional health for myself, my family, and loved ones. I’m also hoping for a little peace, love and understanding from humanity!

Chris Erric Maddox

Best film of 2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Favorite new TV show: Black-ish
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “Shake It Off” (this is an unfortunate admission of guilt)
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: I wish that film and television’s casts, crew, and executives were as diverse as the population who watches it.

Daniel Manus

Best film of 2014: I’m still trying to see all the films of 2014 I missed. So far, Boyhood, Birdman, Gone Girl, Whiplash – all really enjoyed.
Favorite new TV show: On the comedy side, John Oliver’s HBO show is brilliant. I love You’re the Worst. I also kinda love Black-ish. On drama side, Scorpion and Stalker are fun network fare. The Affair was good til it wasn’t. I just got into Gotham too.
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Hmm…. Anything by Sam Smith, Bang Bang by Jessi J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and that damn Taylor Swift album.
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: My wish for 2015 is that we all tap into our creativity instead of procrastination. 2015 needs to be the year we get it done right. My wish is for continued and consistent success and happiness in all aspects of life.

AbdiNazemianAbdi Nazemian

Best film of 2014: Boyhood
Favorite new TV show: I’m still catching up on Parenthood. Come babysit for me so I can watch more new TV and I’ll report back.
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Illuminati by Madonna (a surprising hit with 3 year-olds)
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: For art to mirror the full diversity of life, and in doing so, to create exponential love and understanding.

Kate NeliganKateNeligan

Best film of 2014: The Starfish Throwers
Favorite new TV show: I don’t watch TV, I watch Synergy TV Network!
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: I’m obsessed with Colbie Caillat’s “Try” song
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: My wish for Hollywood is a lot of great partnerships for conscious media in 2015 – especially for Synergy TV to find its new home and major partner.

Nancy Nigrosh

Best film of 2014: A distinctly personal choice: I want to live inside the Budapest Hotel. I’m a proud Wes Anderson fan, but this surpassed all his past work for me.
Favorite new TV show: Hard to say… discovered Peaky Blinders, Sherlock, Moving On and Luther in 2014. Ongoing Faves: Homeland, The Americans, Game of Thrones, Veep, and The Comeback went to exciting terra incognita… and new shows: Silicon Valley, True Detective, Fargo, Halt and Catch Fire
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Foo Fighters’ “Outside” (old school)
New Year’s wish for Hollywood (and all): Women have an equal and balanced voice on and off screen.

Jonah Platt

Best film of 2014: Into The Woods
Favorite new TV show: The Knick
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “Bang Bang into the room”
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: I hope TV continues to trend towards a more PPV model, where we’re able to watch everything on-demand!

Maresa Pullman

Best film of 2014: Boyhood
Favorite new TV show: Silicon Valley
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Lorde’s “Royals”
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: I hope that Hollywood continues to ban together to produce exception works of art for the entertainment industry.

Blake Robbins

Best film of 2014: Tie The Sublime and Beautiful, Buzzard and King of Herrings. Maybe not the absolute best, but 3 really amazing films (mine included) which represent the artist empowerment and the Do-It-Yourself spirit that I love.
Favorite new TV show: I really enjoyed the comeback of The Comeback.
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Not that proud of it but “Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift), even writing this will now have it stuck in my head all day.
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: My 2015 hope for Hollywood would be that the Sony Hack will force us all to consider who we are, and what we say (write) to others. Character is revealed when we think no one else is looking. That’s who we truly are – let’s all be mindful of it.

Chris Salvaterra

Best film of 2014: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Favorite new TV show: Transparent
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: 2014 lyrics you(r kids) can’t stop singing – “Because you know I’m all about that bass/‘Bout that bass, no treble…”
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: Great stories well told.

Mia Schaikewitz

Best film of 2014: I really missed the boat on 2014 movie watching, but the one I did see was A Most Wanted Man and it will be the best in my eyes because Philip Seymour Hoffman gave us yet another gift of his immeasurable talent in what is considered his last starring role.
Favorite new TV show: Though it technically finished its run this year, I started and finished The Newsroom in 2014 and loved every bit of it.
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Everything Taylor Swift has come out with. And I don’t even listen to the radio or own any of her music.
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: I wish for Hollywood to take more risks via integrating groundbreaking stories and voices and infusing audiences with more intellect and soul!

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Annual Holiday Home Tour was decorated with Hollywood Christmas films in mind (proceeds are donated to charity).

Dr. Linda Seger

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Christmas decorating with “Elf” in mind!

Best film of 2014: My favorite film was Pride, but best film maybe Birdman in terms of innovation.
Favorite new TV show: Whatever year it is, it’s still Downton Abbey. I’m going to the Highclere Castle (Downton Abby) picnic and prom, August 1, 2015.
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: 2014 has been a good year for movies! My wish that Hollywood continues to tell good stories, with good values!

Charles Shaughnessy

Best film of 2014: Tough choice this year, but I have to go with The Imitation Game. Script, performance and direction of a story that hits so many targets so well.
Favorite new TV show: Again, so many choices (who said entertainment is dumbed down?!), but I would go with The Americans on F/X. Always challenging our own as well as its protagonists’ loyalties and attitudes to a morally confusing Reagan-era America, it is a beautifully packaged spy story of depth and relevance.
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” (“’cause, darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.”)
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: I wish that Hollywood can find a subject matter and narrative that finally moves our conversation on “race in America” to a more confronting and unavoidable place. It is the most important issue facing us today and has been less than honestly engaged with by both sides of the debate.

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Sue and Amy toasting the holidays from Tucson!

Amy Simon

Best film of 2014: Birdland
Favorite new TV show: Nashville
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “All About The Bass (No Treble)”
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: Less violence, more women directors, writers, producers, more diversity, more philanthropy…

Todd Slawsby

Best film of 2014: I know everyone is (rightly) concerned by the down-trend in ticket sales, but I thought 2014 was a really decent year for movies, both massive and intimate: The Lego Movie, Edge of Tomorrow, Snowpiercer, John Wick, The Boxtrolls, Whiplash, Locke, Only Lovers Left Alive, Blue Ruin. For me the best big film was Guardians of the Galaxy, the best film (period, imo) Birdman.
Favorite new TV show: Black-ish
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Infectious song: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams (duh!)
New Year’s wish for Hollywood:
– My unreasonable wish for Hollywood is that more people embrace the ideal of 21st Century America and stop with the -ist and -ic (racist, sexist, homophobic) nonsense, even when behind closed doors, in a “private” e-mail or off-the-record telephone conversation.
– My more reasonable wish for, and suggestion to, everyone is: at least never write it down.

Gregory Small

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Two sets of slightly demented parents and their respective sons, who recently opened the Mellow Mountain Hostel in South Lake Tahoe with said demented parents’ help. That’s me on the far right, next to my calm-as-ever wife, Adrienne, who’s next to our wonderful, if scruffy, son, Elias. So far, things are cooking up there!

Best film of 2014: Either Guardians of the Galaxy or The Imitation Game… which just goes to show the breadth of greatness Hollywood is capable of.
Favorite new TV show: The Comeback. Lisa Kudrow is heart-melting and astounding (not to mention really funny).
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: 2014 song I can’t f***ing stop singing is “All About That Bass,” and strangely it doesn’t make me want to kill myself. Or, if it does, I remember the fantastic cover Jimmy Fallon did with Meghan Trainor and The Roots, and I feel so much better.
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: May all collaborations be better for multiple brains rather than worse; may movies’ and TV’s positive effects on humanity and the world far outpace their negatives; and may writers become the sexiest people on the set.

AlanSmythAlan Smyth

Best film of 2014: Birdman
Favorite new TV show: True Detective. No contest!
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “Happy” by Pharrell. Endlessly positive.
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: To be bloody, bold and resolute.

Dallas SonnierDallasSonnier

Best film of 2014: American Sniper
Favorite new TV show: Bachelor in Paradise
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: The soundtrack to John Wick (because I needed to retire the soundtrack to Drive once and for all)
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: My wish is for 2015 to be remembered as the “Year of Kurt Russell”: Fast and Furious 7, The Hateful Eight, and (selfishly) Bone Tomahawk.

RebeccaStay

That’s right… livin’ large at the mall theater!

Rebecca Stay

Best film of 2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel — but the line that haunted me the most and has stayed with me is from Wild, when Cheryl says of her Mom, “She was the love of my life.”
Favorite new TV show: I didn’t really have any “new” shows that I loved. I love The Good Wife and Veep.
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “I’m all about that bass, “Bout that bass, no treble.” 🙂
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: I have two: 1) to create and produce boldly & fearlessly; and 2) I’d like to see more women push through in all aspects of TV and film!

Lori Tessel

Best film of 2014: If I Stay (also loved the book)
Favorite new TV show: I’m a little late to the game, but Arrow is my new favorite show. But from 2014, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: More great DC Comics and Marvel movies and television. Great writing, great men and great women, and so fun to get lost in 1-2 hours.

Lisa Ullmann

Best film of 2014: The Theory of Everything
Favorite new TV show: Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (Bravo)
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: Hozier’s “Take Me To Church”
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: Another late night show… hosted by a woman.

GeorgiaVCGeorgia Van Cuylenburg

Best film of 2014: Her
Favorite new TV show: Operation Change on OWN
Song whose lyrics I can’t stop singing: “All About That Bass”
New Year’s wish for Hollywood: More films and TV shows that tell an essential story from history or encourage change in the way we are currently living get made and receive major ratings.

Jenny Yerrick Martin

Best film of 2014: Being the mother of a 7 year-old, I typically only see kids movies. My favorite in that category is Annie. As far as grown-up movies, of the ones I did see, I liked Begin Again the best. Great music and a great story.
Favorite new TV show: Jane the Virgin — fresh, funny, and great casting, especially the lead.

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